Firmware Friday: Canon, DxO, Fuji, Leica, Nikon, Metabones and Olympus release updates aplenty


posted Friday, November 11, 2016 at 4:30 PM EST


The weekend is beckoning, and with it our regularly-scheduled Firmware Friday post arrives this week with a much longer list of updates than usual. This time around, we have news of updates from seven companies for a total of 13 cameras and optics to cover, so let's get right down to business!

For the sake of neatness, we'll run through the updates in alphabetical order... (And for the sake of brevity, we'll mostly stick with the manufacturers' release notes where available.)

Canon 5DS and 5DSR

Canon's new firmware for the EOS 5DS and 5DSR actually landed a little before last week's update, but it wasn't until a kind message from IR reader DrJon that we spotted it. (If you ever see an update we've missed, please do follow DrJon's lead and let us know in the comments!)

The firmware version 1.1.0 updates for both cameras make just one change: Support has been added for the Canon W-E1 Wi-Fi adapter. Note that you'll also need to update your version of EOS Utility to v3.5.0 or later, and your version of Camera Connect to version 1.3.10 or later. The firmware itself can be downloaded at the links below:

DxO One

The DxO One firmware version 2.1 update isn't available just yet, although it is slated to arrive some time in November. It brings with it quite a few changes, of which the most significant is the ability to transfer raw files to the attached iPhone for editing in apps like Lightroom Mobile or Snapseed. At the same time, updated raw compression is said to reduce file sizes by around a third. And performance has been addressed in a number of areas, too: DxO says that the One will now shoot raw files faster and boot up more quickly, while its iPhone app too will start more quickly, and show the photo gallery faster as well. There's also a new direct Wi-Fi connection function to allow full remote control without an existing Wi-Fi network.

Once released, the update will be available by updating your DxO One iOS app to version 2.1. If you use an Apple Watch, that app will also be updated at the same time.

Fuji X-T1, X-T2 and X-Pro2

Last week, we told you of a new version 1.10 update for the Fujifilm X-T2, which at the time was slated to arrive on November 8th. Unfortunately, that release date has been pushed back to November 29th, as the company felt that more development time was needed.

However, while X-T2 owners will need to wait an additional three weeks -- not really too long in the greater scheme of things -- Fuji X-T1 and X-Pro2 owners will find there are new updates available to them immediately.

The Fuji X-T1 firmware version 5.00 update makes three changes as follows:

  1. Compatibility with the Shoe Mount Flash EF-X500.
    Additional functions like the multi-flash lighting, high-speed flash sync and so on can be used with the EF-X500. Accordingly, the FLASH SETTING and the Shooting Menu is dramatically changed.

  2. The items that can be assigned to the Quick Menu have changed.
    FLASH FUNCTION SETTINGS and FLASH COMPENSATION have been added due to the compatibility with the Shoe Mount Flash EF-X500.

  3. The roles that can be assigned to the Function buttons have changed.
    FLASH FUNCTION SETTINGS, TTL-LOCK and MODELING FLASH have been added due to the compatibility with the Shoe Mount Flash EF-X500.

The Fuji X-Pro2 firmware version 2.01 update, meanwhile, makes the following three changes:

  1. The phenomenon is fixed that AF function doesn't work well in the tele-photo area with XF18-135mmF3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR.

  2. The phenomenon is fixed that hung-up could happen when carrying out SELECT FROM NETWORK LIST of MANUAL SETUP in PC AUTO SAVE SETTING.

  3. The phenomenon is fixed that Flash i40 made by Nissin for FUJIFILM doesn't fire.

You can download these updates at the links below:

Leica S (Typ 007)

The Leica S (Typ 007) firmware version update is available through the Owners' Area of the company's website, and here there's just one change as follows:

  • Bug fix of an operational malfunction which occurred with previous FW When the camera is switched to Live View Photo and then off again, it automatically restarts that mode after every following exposure. The only solution is to switch off the camera, remove the battery and then start again. The same happens with Live View Video and Video Record.

Nikon D500

Moving along to Nikon, the D500 firmware version C:1.11 update makes two changes as below:

  1. Fixed an issue that prevented the touch-shutter option releasing the shutter when autofocus was used during live view with an SB-800 flash unit attached.

  2. Changed the items checked when image sensor cleaning was performed using the SETUP MENU > Clean image sensor > Clean now option. We recommend that you use this option to perform image sensor cleaning after the update is complete.

You can download the Nikon D500 firmware version C:1.11 update here.

Metabones EF-E Smart Adapter and EF-E Speed Booster

The folks at Metabones, meanwhile, have just updated their EF-E Smart Adapter and EF-E Speed Booster products to firmware version 0.53. A healthy list of ten changes in total are as follows:

  1. Easier user interface to select between Green and Advanced mode using Metabones App, with separate settings for newer cameras and older cameras (except Mark I/II/III and original Speed Booster).

  2. Fix operation of Kenko Pro300 DGX (green dot) stacked on EF Extender III.

  3. Option to park focus to infinity upon shutdown to shorten its length for storage (except Mark I/II/III and original Speed Booster). Some lenses may disregard this setting but never park focus, and most of these are internal focus lenses which do not require parking. STM lenses always observe the option setting.

  4. Shortened shutdown time for IS lenses.

  5. Option to close down the aperture or leave it where it is when camera shuts down (except Mark I/II/III and original Speed Booster).

  6. Option to let camera body decide whether OIS, IBIS or a combination thereof shall be selected (except Mark I/II/III and original Speed Booster).

  7. AF accuracy improvement for subjects near infinity.

  8. Fixed autocrop of Sigma 50-100/1.8 DC HSM Art 016.

  9. Stability improvement.

  10. Fixed issue with Tamron VC USD where autofocus may occasionally become inoperative.

You can download the software for Windows or MacOS machines at the links below:

Olympus M.Zuiko 12-40mm PRO, 12-50mm EZ and 14-42mm EZ

And finally, we come to Olympus. One of the three updates from the company actually landed last week, but we only just caught the news along with two further updates issued this week. 

We'll start with the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm F2.8 PRO lens, which is now running on firmware version 1.3. Changes are as below:

  1. Stability of lens aperture when shooting videos has been improved.

  2. Enhanced stability of sequential shooting when using the E-M1 Mark II.

Next up, we have firmware version 1.4 for the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ, which includes the following change:

  1. Stability of lens aperture when shooting videos has been improved. 

And last of all, there's firmware version 1.2 for the M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ, which brings with it the following changes:

  1. Stability of lens aperture when shooting videos has been improved.

  2. MF shooting operations have been improved.

To obtain any of these updates, you'll want to use the OLYMPUS Digital Camera Updater, which you can obtain here.

And that's it for this week! Be sure to check back next time for more Firmware Friday news!

(Camera parts image courtesy of Kelly Hofer / Flickr; used under a Creative Commons CC-BY-2.0 license. Image has been modified from the original.)